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Instructors Brett McLeod and Bob Brhel teach the students how to saw down a tree. Photo: David Sommerstein
Instructors Brett McLeod and Bob Brhel teach the students how to saw down a tree. Photo: David Sommerstein

Ax throw, log climb at Adirondack lumberjack class

PAUL SMITHS, N.Y. (AP) Ax throwing is encouraged in lumberjack class.

The annual Adirondack Woodsmen's School is being held this summer amid the tall pines and placid waters of Paul Smith's College in New York. Despite the course's name, there are no bushy beards and no flannel shirts.  Go to full article
A train of oil tankers. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/11072040@N08/6184231577/">Russ Allison Loar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A train of oil tankers. Photo: Russ Allison Loar, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Railroads detail crude oil train numbers in New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) CSX Transportation says it hauls an average of 20 to 35 trains a week loaded with crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken region across 17 upstate New York counties en route to coastal refineries.

Canadian Pacific says it hauls an average of five to nine crude oil trains a week through five counties from the Canadian border to Schoharie County.  Go to full article
F/A-18C in October 2003, Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c6/USMC_FA-18_Hornet.JPEG">Wikipedia</a>, Public Domain, some rights reserved
F/A-18C in October 2003, Photo: Wikipedia, Public Domain, some rights reserved

Air Guard to do joint trainings with Navy F-18s

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Air National Guard will be flying with U.S. Navy F-18 fighter jets this week.

The joint trainings started Tuesday and run through Friday.  Go to full article

Ticonderoga man, 90, dies in collision with truck

TICONDEROGA, N.Y. (AP) A 90-year-old man has died and his wife is in the hospital after the SUV he was driving collided with a tractor-trailer in northeastern New York.  Go to full article
Photo: David Sommerstein
Photo: David Sommerstein

Dairy Farmers of America ends price suit for $50M

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The cooperative Dairy Farmers of America has agreed to pay a total of $50 million to thousands of Northeast dairy farmers to settle antitrust allegations.

A class-action lawsuit filed in 2009 charged Dallas-based Dean Foods, DFA, and the cooperative's marketing arm, Dairy Marketing Services, with working together to monopolize the market for raw milk in the Northeast, driving down prices paid to dairy farmers.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/42787780@N04/6447341369/">Fried Dough</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Fried Dough, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY seizes 2.5 million contraband cigarettes

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- An effort to crack down on cigarette smuggling in New York state has led to the seizure of nearly $1.7 million in cash and untaxed cigarettes and cigars.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the results, which are the culmination of six months of work by the state's new Cigarette Strike Force, a group of investigators from the state's Department of Taxation and Finance.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://wilpf.org/files/image_3.jpg">WILPF</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: WILPF, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Questionnaire results in on GMO labeling

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont attorney general says a questionnaire has found that most participants think information about genetically engineered food should be placed near the product's nutrition facts label or ingredients list.

The survey was conducted after the legislature passed a law requiring the labelling of genetically modified foods. The law takes effect in mid-2016.  Go to full article

22.8 million New Yorkers' personal records exposed

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A new report shows 22.8 million private records of New Yorkers have been exposed in data security breaches reported by 3,000 businesses, nonprofits and governments over the past eight years.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says in a report Tuesday that deliberate hacking was responsible for 40 percent of the 5,000 incidents, which exposed a majority of the records, followed by lost or stolen equipment, insider wrongdoing and inadvertent errors.  Go to full article
Town Hall, Greece, NY, where the town meetings are held. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Greece,_New_York_town_hall.jpg">Daniel Penfield</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Town Hall, Greece, NY, where the town meetings are held. Photo: Daniel Penfield, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Atheist to open NY meeting, top court OKed prayers

GREECE, N.Y. (AP) -- An atheist is set to deliver the invocation in a western New York community whose town board won a U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding its right to open meetings with a prayer.

Dan Courtney says he asked the town of Greece for an opportunity to deliver the "non-theist" message right after the 5-4 decision in May.  Go to full article
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Sen. George Maziarz announced that he will not be running in the upcoming election. <"http://www.nysenate.gov/files/profile-pictures/headshot3.jpg">.

NY state Sen. Maziarz says he won't run again

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A longtime New York state senator says he won't run again amid reports that his office is under investigation by a federal prosecutor.

Sen. George Maziarz (MAZ'-ee-arz) of Niagara County made his announcement late Sunday night, saying he wasn't feeling up to another campaign. The 61-year-old was first elected to the Senate in 1995.  Go to full article

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